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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Take It To The Next Level, Brutha

The Roanoke Times editorial page this morning is ecstatic over the fact that Radford University chose to rename a residence hall there that had originally been given that of a man who had been an avowed racist many years ago.  See "Good riddance to RU's Powell Hall."

I'll be holding my breath in anticipation of the same Roanoke Times editorial page making note of the same situation involving these buildings and thoroughfares:
* Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center, Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Auditorium, National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Science Center, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Cancer Research Laboratory, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Center for Pharmacy Education, University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Clinical Teaching Center, Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, Green Bank, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Hardwood Technologies Center, Princeton, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center, Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Charleston Division, Charleston, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd High School, Clarksburg, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) Bridgeport Manufacturing Technology Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia

* RCBI Charleston Manufacturing Technology Center, South Charleston, West Virginia

* RCBI Huntington Manufacturing Technology Center, Huntington, West Virginia

* RCBI Rocket Center Manufacturing Technology Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Institute for Composites Technology and Training Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Library, Wheeling, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Library and Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center, Mountain State University in Beckley

* Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Moorefield, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center, West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Metals Fabrication Center, Rocket Center, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center, Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Regional Training Institute, Camp Dawson near Kingwood, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Science and Technology Center, Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd Technology Center, Alderson–Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia

* Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center in Beckley
But ... but ... but ...

Yeah.  I'll be holding my breath.

Source: Wikipedia

This One Goes Out To The Roanoke Times

They simply won't face reality and give up on the notion that women, on average, earn less than men "because of simple, insidious pay discrimination."

Let an expert help them.  Christina Hoff Sommers,  resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the editor of “The Science on Women and Science”:

Fair Pay Isn’t Always Equal Pay
New York Times

The bill is based on the premise that the 1963 Equal Pay Act, which bans sex discrimination in the workplace, has failed; for proof, proponents point out that for every dollar men earn, women earn just 77 cents.

But that wage gap isn’t necessarily the result of discrimination. On the contrary, there are lots of other reasons men might earn more than women, including differences in education, experience and job tenure.

When these factors are taken into account the gap narrows considerably — in some studies, to the point of vanishing. A recent survey found that young, childless, single urban women earn 8 percent more than their male counterparts, mostly because more of them earn college degrees.

Moreover, a 2009 analysis of wage-gap studies commissioned by the Labor Department evaluated more than 50 peer-reviewed papers and concluded that the aggregate wage gap “may be almost entirely the result of the individual choices being made by both male and female workers.”

In addition to differences in education and training, the review found that women are more likely than men to leave the workforce to take care of children or older parents. They also tend to value family-friendly workplace policies more than men, and will often accept lower salaries in exchange for more benefits. In fact, there were so many differences in pay-related choices that the researchers were unable to specify a residual effect due to discrimination. [link]
To repeat: "When these factors - differences in education, experience and job tenure - are taken into account the gap narrows considerably — in some studies, to the point of vanishing."

No controversy.  No discrimination.  Nothing "insidious."  It's all about choices.

Yet the Roanoke Times will continue to beat that dead horse.  Until the end of ... times ...

For The Record

On the vote to have the United States military drop its "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in favor of admitting homosexuals into its ranks, both Senators Webb and Warner - Democrats - voted YEA.

You will want to remember that when they come up for reelection.

Too Frightening To Read

A headline in this morning's Roanoke Times:

The imagination soars ...

You Can Thank Barack Obama

Well, those one-dimensional simpletons who thought ObamaCare was going to be a neat deal because the president said it was going to lower costs, include everyone, and improve health care (!) must be scratching their heads these days as reality sets in.

This wasn't supposed to happen:
Major health insurers to stop offering new child-only policies
By N.C. Aizenman, Washington Post

Some of the country's most prominent health insurance companies have decided to stop offering new child-only plans, rather than comply with rules in the new health-care law that will require such plans to start accepting children with preexisting medical conditions after Sept. 23.

[S]upporters of the new health-care law complain that the change amounts to an end run around one of the most prized consumer protections. [link]
Of course it's an end run around the provisions in ObamaCare.  And not only is it an end run, it's the first of many end runs.

What?  They thought these companies would be accepting and willingly go bankrupt?

Something these doorknobs will never understand: Actions have reactions. (It's like smokers in Bluefield, West Virginia being confronted by a high state cigarette tax.  They drive down the street to Bluefield, Virginia and save a few bucks on a carton of smokes.  Who'da thunk it?)

So ObamaCare is altering - to our detriment - the finest health care delivery system humankind has ever known.

Who'da thunk it?

Breaking News!

Nature is ... Nature!

City folk.

A Wise Man Once Told Me ...

... never trust a politician whose name ends in a vowel.

Which presents to the people of New York a real dilemma.

Confusing Times

Much is being made of the fact that the recession ended months ago and business, at least to a degree, is back on track. Yet unemployment remains disturbingly high.

How can that be?  Why aren't these businesses that are on the rebound rehiring?

Here's the problem:  They are.

Just not here in the USA.

China.  Indonesia.  India.  Mexico.  Even Canada.

So American business grows.  While American employment doesn't.

That long-term problem should scare the soup out of you.

How can this be?

We are saddled with the most anti-business president and Congress in my lifetime.  And America's businessmen and women are reacting accordingly.  They are doing what's necessary to both survive and provide a decent return on shareholder investment.  Can you blame them?

Too many of us do.

Thus the problem will only worsen over time.

Till those who see business as the enemy get their heads screwed on right.

Why Obama Is Failing

In a headline. In a nutshell:

Two problems with this stereotypically Democrat way of thinking:

1) Half the population of the world - men - are automatically left out of the search pool.

2) CEO's are not economists (Larry Summers is the director of the National Economics Council). CEO's are business leaders. There's a difference in scope. A huge difference.

Instead of finding the best and brightest economist to lead him - and the nation - out of the mess we're in, Obama will end up with an under-qualified figurehead. Another under-qualified figurehead.

We deserve better.

We can expect not to get it.

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Poor Paul Krugman.  Perfect resumé.  No ovaries.

This Should Drive Them Nuts

Even with (because of?) all the unseemly Democrat/media bashing, Sarah Palin's political views are resonating with the American people.  Rasmussen:

52% of Voters Say Their Views Are More Like Palin’s Than Obama’s

Fifty-two percent (52%) of Likely U.S. Voters say their own views are closer to Sarah Palin’s than they are to President Obama’s, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

Just 40% say their views are closer to the president’s than to those of the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate.

Among the Political Class, however, 68% say their views are more like Obama’s, while 63% of Mainstream voters describe their views as more like Palin’s. [link]
Repeat:  63% of Mainstream voters describe their views as more like Palin’s.

63%, folks, gets you elected in a landslide.  A fact that no one can refudiate.

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Let's not forget, too, that Sarah's daughter, Bristol, is looking really hot on "Dancing With the Stars" these days.  That ought to be good for another point or two.

A Blast From The Past

I remember watching the evening network news.  Many, many years ago.  Back when it celebrated each evening in its bashing of then-Presidents Reagan, followed by Bush the Elder.

It took a long time but I remember too getting up and turning the channel.  And never going back.

Looks like I ain't alone.  Though some have taken longer than me to get fed up with the bias and look to more fair and balanced environs:

Evening News Ratings: 2009-2010 Season
By Chris Ariens, Media Bistro

The ratings are in the for just-completed 2009-2010 network evening news season. And when compared to 2008-2009 season, "NBC Nightly News" ABC's "World News" and the "CBS Evening News" have lost a combined 739,000 Total Viewers and a combined 338,000 A25-54 viewers.

"Nightly News with Brian Williams," which finishes at #1 for the 14th season in a row, lost the least: -138K Total Viewers (8.698M in 08-09 v. 8.560M in 09-10), while Katie Couric's CBS program, lost the most: -343K (6.053M in 08-09 v 5.710M in 09-10). "World News" which saw Charles Gibson anchor the first few months of the season, and Diane Sawyer picking up in December, lost the most younger viewers: -221K (2.351M in 08-09 v. 2.130 in 09-10). [link]
This chart of total viewership from 1980 to 2004 - courtesy of Journalism.org - shows the mass migration away from the liberal activism that had consumed ABC, NBC, and CBS over time (though the chart is rather dated):

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Note that this past year's results wouldn't even make it on the chart (coming in at less than 20 million).

Yeah, the rise of cable had a lot to do with this.

But millions of us still seek out "the news" each evening.  We just refuse to go anywhere near the skewed version provided by the networks.

So they continue to decline. 

And, curious to many of us, they continue to hang on to their biases.

Prompting, undoubtedly, additional declines.

A business model of champions if there ever was one.

I'm Not Believing This

If there were ever a reason to begin thinking that the Democratic Party as we know it is dead, look no further than the Senate race in West Virginia.  There a very popular candidate is losing to a relative newcomer (one who has run for office several times but has never won) only because that wildly popular candidate - Governor Joe Manchin - happens to belong to an extremely unpopular political party.  This is monumental:
Bombshell: PPP puts Raese ahead of Manchin
By Ed Morrissey

These days, it’s hard to get shocked by polling results that show Republicans surging in once-safe Democratic constituencies, but the latest survey from PPP in West Virginia manages to do it. Republican John Raese, given virtually no chance at all to win the Senate race against popular Governor Joe Manchin when he declared his candidacy this summer. Raese has now just jumped into a lead, albeit within the margin of error, as Manchin collapses:

"PPP’s first look at the West Virginia Senate contest finds a very tight race with John Raese up 46-43 on Joe Manchin, a result within the poll’s margin of error.

"The contest provides a fascinating choice for voters in the state who love their Democratic Governor but hate the party’s ranks in Washington DC that he would be joining.

"Manchin is the second most popular Governor PPP has polled on all year, behind only Bobby Jindal, with a 59/32 approval spread. He breaks almost even with Republicans as 42% of them approve of the job he’s doing with just 44% disapproving. In a highly polarized political climate the list of politicians with that kind of crossover popularity is very short.

"At the same time West Virginians couldn’t be much more down on national Democrats. Barack Obama’s approval rating in the state is just 30% with 64% of voters disapproving of him. Even within his own party barely half of voters, at 51%, like the job he’s doing. Support from Republicans (91% disapproval) and independents (73% disapproval) is pretty much nonexistent."

Maybe WV voters are worried that Manchin would become one of Harry Reid’s “pets.” [link]
I've never seen anything like this. Remember that axiom - "all politics is local"? Not in 2010. This year all politics is about Obama and Pelosi.

Let's Show Those Muslims What We're Made Of

A suggestion sent by email:
I'm appalled at those who are opposed to the Mosque near Ground Zero. To show tolerance we should let the Muslims build it.

Then across the street we should put a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot."

Next to that should be a gay bar named "The Turban Cowboy" and next door to the mosque should be a pork rib restaurant, "Iraq O'Ribs" and the "Allah You Can Eat Buffet."

Then we'll see how tolerant they are.
Now that's the American fighting spirit.